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I am so grateful for the way this little ol’ blog has slowly grown over the past 3 years. It has been a labor of LOVE.  Thank you for reading, trying and sharing my recipes, and letting me know how they turned out, etc.  I couldn’t do this without you!

Have a fantastic day, friends!

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Potato Hash with Rosemary

If you are looking for a simple vegetable side dish to serve with beef, poultry or pork, may I suggest this simple yet delicious Potato Hash With Rosemary?Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found the recipe for this side dish in a Southern Living cookbook I bought while on vacation in Washington state earlier this summer. The recipe couldn’t be simpler… baking potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, fresh rosemary, and light seasonings are cooked together until tender… then served. The potato hash was a wonderful side dish for a chicken dinner I fixed recently, so I wanted to share this easy recipe with YOU, in the hope that you will want to try it, too!

Here’s how to make it:  First, prep the ingredients (truly this is easy, and it’s the “hardest” part of the whole recipe).  Peel and cube potatoes, mince garlic, chop onion and fresh rosemary.

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Add rest of ingredients except for garnish (potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, Tablespoon of fresh rosemary, salt and pepper). Stir together.  Cover skillet and cook (on medium-low) for 20-25 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally, until potatoes are tender.

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, transfer potato hash to serving dish and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.
Serve hot, and enjoy this simple veggie side dish!

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I think it looks pretty good… and guess what? It TASTES good, also! Win-Win!

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I enjoy finding and trying new recipes for side dishes, and glad I found this one. Hope you have the opportunity to try making these, as well, and trust you enjoy them. Hope you have a fantastic day, friends. I am grateful today for another GORGEOUS warm summer day here in Oregon.

Potato Hash with Rosemary / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: The cookbook “Southern Living – 1998 Annual Recipes”, Published 1998, Oxmoor House, Inc., Book Division of Southern Progress Corporation, page 16.

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This easy to prepare potato hash, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, onion, and fresh rosemary is a simple side for most beef, pork and poultry dishes.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • **Garnish (optional): fresh sprigs of rosemary
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Add rest of ingredients except for garnish (potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, Tablespoon of fresh rosemary, salt and pepper). Stir together.
  2. Cover skillet and cook (on medium-low) for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.
  3. When done, transfer potato hash to serving dish and garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.
  4. Serve hot, and enjoy this simple side dish!

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The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler

It’s the middle of summer here in the Pacific Northwest, and wild blackberries are everywhere!  I recently tried a new cobbler recipe after picking blackberries near our home.  It’s called The Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler!  This type of cobbler is slightly different than other recipes, but anything Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) makes is fabulous!The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Most cobblers tend to put the berries on the bottom of the dish, then batter is poured or spooned over the berries. That’s how I would normally make a berry cobbler.  Not so with this version!  The batter is placed in the pan first, then the berries and sugar are placed on top…creating a more cake-like texture under the berries!

This technique sounded interesting to me (and I always am curious about new ways of doing things), so I decided to make a blackberry cobbler, using some of the free wild blackberries I picked just a few blocks from our home.  We also have a lot of blackberries growing over our back fence from the forest behind our home… how fun to have an huge and FREE supply of these tasty berries! I just HAD to make a cobbler, and decided to try this version!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The recipe is very simple to prepare… and I gotta tell ya… homemade berry cobbler and a scoop of ice cream is the perfect summer dessert, if you ask me!  Here’s how to make this berry delicious cobbler:

First, melt butter in the microwave, then let it cool.  In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and flour. Whisk in a cup of milk until batter is formed. Slowly drizzle in the cooled down melted butter, and whisk well, to fully combine ingredients.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Grease or butter a 9 inch round baking dish.  Pour the batter into the prepared dish, and spread evenly.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Rinse the blackberries and then pat them dry. Evenly place the blackberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the berries with 1/4 cup granulated sugar.

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake cobbler in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, until the cobbler is bubbly and the surface is golden in color.  If you want, you can remove the cobbler from the oven about 10 minutes before it is done, sprinkle the top with another couple teaspoons of sugar, then place back in oven for final 10 minutes. (This is what I did).

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When cobbler is done, remove pan from oven. Let it cool down a little bit before serving, then slice it up and serve with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream! Enjoy this delicious dessert!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This was certainly an EASY recipe… and it was really yummy, too! Hope you will consider making this recipe (fixing it with fresh boysenberries would be amazing, as well!).

Have a wonderful day!

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_great_cobbl/

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cube butter, melted, cooled to room temp.
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (See note section for substitution)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen) I used 3 cups fresh.
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (to sprinkle on cobbler during last 10 minutes of baking)
Directions
  1. First, melt butter in the microwave, then let it cool. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of granulated sugar and flour. Whisk in a cup of milk until batter is formed. Slowly drizzle in the cooled down melted butter, and whisk well, to fully combine ingredients.
  2. Grease or butter a 9 inch round baking dish. Pour the batter into the prepared dish, and spread evenly.
  3. Rinse the blackberries and then pat them dry. Evenly place the blackberries on top of the batter. Sprinkle the berries with ¼ cup granulated sugar.
  4. Bake cobbler in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, until the cobbler is bubbly and surface is golden in color. If you want, you can remove the cobbler from the oven about 10 minutes before it is done, sprinkle the top with another couple teaspoons of sugar, then place back in oven for final 10 minutes. When cobbler is done, remove pan from oven. Let it cool down a little bit before serving, then slice it up and serve with a big ol' scoop of vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!
Notes
No self-rising flour? No problem. For 1 cups self-rising flour, substitute 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1½ teaspoons baking powder + ½ teaspoon salt.

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Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce

Looking for a delicious “new” way to cook pork tenderloin? How about this recipe for Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce?  The recipe is a one-pan wonder, featuring tender pork and mushrooms in a creamy Marsala wine sauce and can be “on the table” in 30 minutes! The best part is that it tastes amazing!Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Delicious and easy one-pan dish, ready in 30 minutes!

I originally found the recipe on Pinterest months ago, from Jennifer at Seasons and Suppers, and finally got around to trying it. Delicious!!!!  The recipe (as written below) serves 4; since I was only cooking for my husband and myself, I halved the recipe, so the photos reflect that.

Trim any excess fat (and silverskin) from pork. Slice into 2 inch thick medallions. Lightly season the pork with salt and pepper.  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of the butter using medium-high heat. Once you see the butter melt and get foamy (and the skillet is really hot), add the slices of pork in a single layer (cook it in two batches, if you need to). Sear the pork until lightly browned (2-3 minutes). Turn the pork over; continue to cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove pork from skillet to a plate. Set aside. Do not clean out skillet.

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt the rest of the butter (2 T.) in the same skillet you cooked pork in. Add chopped shallots; season with a touch of salt and pepper. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring and scraping browned bits off bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon. Add sliced mushrooms; cook until golden in color and any mushroom liquid has evaporated. This will take approximately 2-3 minutes.

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sprinkle mushrooms with flour, then pour in the Marsala wine. Stir to combine. Cook until the Marsala wine has almost completely evaporated. Add the chicken broth, stir and cook until the amount of liquid in skillet is reduced in half (this will take about 3-4 minutes). Stir the whipping cream and parsley into the pan. (By the way, I accidentally dumped a bit of extra whipping cream into the skillet, so the sauce is a touch lighter in color than it normally would be… my bad!).

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the pork (and any extra juices on plate) back into the skillet. Stir to combine and turn, to coat pork with sauce. Cook on medium-low for an additional 2-4 minutes, stirring often, until pork is hot. Try not to let the sauce boil.

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Taste test the sauce. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve… and enjoy! I served the pork with creamy mashed potatoes and some green beans from our garden.

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The flavor of the sauce is wonderful, and really makes the dish! I hope you will consider trying this easy, quick recipe, and trust that you will enjoy it as much as we did.  Have a fantastic day… and remember to be kind to those you meet or cross paths with today… it feels good to be a positive force for good in our often harsh, hurting world. God Bless You.

Pork Medallions in Mushroom Marsala Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  https://www.seasonsandsuppers.ca/skillet-pork-medallions-mushroom-marsala-sauce/

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This delicious one pan dish featuring pork medallions in a creamy mushroom and wine sauce is easy to prepare and ready in under 30 minutes!
As Prepared By:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 pound pork tenderloins (2 small tenderloins)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium shallots, finely diced (can substitute red onion)
  • 12 ounces button mushrooms (or cremini)
  • 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • ½ cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ Tablespoons dried parsley (or ¼ cup fresh chopped flat leaf parsley)
Directions
  1. Trim excess fat (and silverskin) from pork. Slice into 2 inch thick medallions. Lightly season the pork with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of the butter using medium-high heat. Once you see the butter getting foamy (and the skillet is really hot), add the slices of pork in a single layer (cook it in two batches, if you need to). Sear the pork until lightly browned (2-3 minutes). Turn the pork over; continue to cook the other side for another 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove pork from skillet to a plate. Set aside. Do not clean out skillet.
  3. Melt the rest of the butter (2 T.) in the same skillet you cooked pork in. Add chopped shallots; season with a touch of salt and pepper. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring and scraping browned bits off bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon. Add sliced mushrooms; cook until golden in color and mushroom liquid is evaporated. This will take approximately 2-3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle mushrooms with flour, then pour in the Marsala wine. Stir to combine. Cook until the Marsala wine has almost completely evaporated. Add the chicken broth, stir and cook until the amount of liquid in skillet is reduced in half (this will take about 3-4 minutes). Stir the whipping cream and parsley into the pan. Add the pork (and any extra juices on plate) back into the skillet. Stir to combine and coat pork with sauce. Cook on medium-low for an additional 2-4 minutes, until pork is hot. Try not to let the sauce boil.
  5. Taste test the sauce. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve... and enjoy!

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Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

I recently made a very yummy and unique salad as a side dish with our dinner… a chilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad, to be exact! It’s a perfect chilled salad to serve when the temperature heats up, like it’s doing here in Oregon this week (temps of 108)!Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I discovered the recipe on Pinterest and thought it sounded interesting… and guess what? It was FANTASTIC! Cold, ripe and sweet watermelon pairs unbelievably well with slightly salty feta cheese; the addition of chopped fresh mint, a touch of olive oil and a smidge of red onion make this recipe a delectable and refreshing summer salad!

The recipe could not be any easier to prepare… there are two methods and both are simple! Here’s how to prepare this yummy salad:  Cut up a well-chilled watermelon into cubes (only need 6 cups worth of watermelon cubes – for me this was only two large slices out of a whole watermelon!)

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add remaining ingredients to the watermelon cubes (crumbled feta cheese, olive oil, thinly sliced red onion, and chopped fresh mint, then season with a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.  Toss gently to combine, and try not to break up the feta crumbles too much.  See the printable recipe below for another way to prepare this salad!

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once salad is gently mixed together, it is ready to serve… but I feel it is at it’s best when the flavors have had time to come together in the fridge… and the watermelon is really COLD, so I refrigerated the salad for about an hour before serving.  When ready to serve, place it in a pretty serving dish, garnish with a fresh mint sprig (if desired) and dig in! It’s DELICIOUS!

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you have a great day!  We’ve had record-breaking heat here in the Portland, Oregon area this week.  Our power has gone out 2 times in 24 hours (last night and this morning), so it hasn’t been fun trying to stay cool with no electricity or cooling, but we are thankful for CANDLES… and that the problems have now been fixed.  Whew!!!

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://www.slenderkitchen.com/recipe/watermelon-feta-and-mint-salad

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Sweet and cold watermelon salad with fresh mint, salty feta cheese crumbles and a bit of red onion make this unique dish a "must" on a hot Summer day!
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cold watermelon, cubed
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Directions
Method 1: (this is the method I used)
  1. Combine all ingredients in large serving bowl. Toss gently, to combine, trying to not break up the feta crumbles too much. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve and enjoy!
Method 2:
  1. Combine all ingredients except for crumbled feta cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle salad with feta cheese crumbles (but do not mix it in) right before serving. Serve and enjoy!

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Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

It’s the middle of summer, it’s extremely HOT in Oregon this week (with temps expected to reach 108-110 degrees), but we do have some yummy ice cream in the freezer and this amazing, thick Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce ready to drizzle on it, so it’s all GOOD! We will be hot, but at least we will have a smile on our faces!Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You may never want to buy hot fudge sauce at the store again after tasting this homemade thick chocolate sauce, ready in 10 minutes!!
This recipe for hot fudge sauce is a keeper, folks… fudge-y, creamy… and ready in under 10 minutes!  I’m NOT kidding… it tastes amazing!  Here’s how you can make this decadent sauce at home, rather than buying it at the local grocery store!

In a large saucepan, bring whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spoon the slightly hot fudge sauce over ice cream, cake, or even drizzled on top of dessert crepes!  It is soooo good!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the sauce will thicken considerably. When ready to use it again, place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container) and re-heat for 10-15 seconds. The sauce can also be reheated on your stovetop.Enjoy!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This sauce is so delicious and fudgy, you might be tempted to grab a spoon and eat it straight out of the jar (not that I would know… wink, wink!). This recipe is most definitely going into my “keeper” file!  Hope you will give it a try – I just KNOW you’re gonna love it, too!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/04/10-minute-homemade-hot-fudge-html

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
 
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Thick, creamy, rich and decadent, this quick and easy hot fudge sauce is so good you may never want to buy it at the store again!
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (can also use dark or bittersweet), finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring whipping cream, corn syrup, dark brown sugar, salt, and HALF of the finely chopped chocolate to a boil over medium heat. Stir often until chocolate has melted. Reduce the heat under the pan and simmer (a low boil) for 5 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture frequently to prevent scorching.
  2. Remove pan from the heat. Add butter, vanilla extract and the rest of the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is smooth and lump-free. Let the hot fudge sauce cool just a bit before serving.
  3. Store the unused sauce in a covered jar or container with a lid for up to a week in the refrigerator. Once refrigerated, the sauce will thicken considerably. When ready to use it again, place the amount you will be using in the microwave (in a microwave-safe container) and re-heat for 10-15 seconds. The sauce can also be reheated on your stovetop. Enjoy!

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Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

During the heat of summer, I try to cook “light” dinners… sometimes it’s just too hot for a big heavy meal! I recently made my husband and I an entree sized Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette for dinner, and we enjoyed it immensely!Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The salad was filling, and it was pretty to look at, too (you eat with your eyes first, right?).  Baby spinach leaves, crumbled feta cheese, pecans, mandarin orange slices, strawberries, and some fresh blackberries are the ingredients in the salad.  The salad dressing is an easy to mix together citrus balsamic vinaigrette, and it really complimented the sweet fresh fruit and the slightly salty feta well.

This is an extremely easy salad to make (perfect for a busy summer day!)… here’s how:

Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh squeezed orange juice, and honey are whisked together to make the vinaigrette… totally EASY! Once mixed, set aside until time to dress the salad.

Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The salad, as written will make either 2 large entree salads, or 4 small side salads (I made two entree sized salads).  Divide chilled baby spinach leaves into serving bowls or onto plates.  Evenly divide and arrange the strawberries, mandarin orange slices, blackberries, feta and pecans over the spinach.

Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over each salad, then toss to combine ingredients. and serve! Note: If you want to prepare the salad ahead of serving time, do not add vinaigrette to salad. Keep salad covered and refrigerated.  Right before serving, remove salad from refrigerator, give the vinaigrette a good stir, and drizzle it over salad! Toss to combine ingredients and serve! YUM!

Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We really enjoyed these light, but filling salads for dinner!  Hope you will consider trying this delicious recipe, too! Have a great day!  I am thankful today for my life, my family (including our puppy!), and God… who loves me deeply, just as I am!

Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Adapted From: https://www.yayforfood.com/recipes/berry-orange-spinach-salad-citrus-balsamic-vinaigrette

Berry and Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Fresh, colorful, yummy and good for you, this spinach salad is topped with a simple to prepare citrus balsamic vinaigrette!
As Prepared By:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2 entree or 4 side salads
Ingredients
For Salad:
  • 6 cups packed baby spinach
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved (can substitute raspberries, if desired-keep whole)
  • ½ cup fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup walnuts or pecans (I used pecans)
For Salad Dressing:
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
Directions
  1. Whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh squeezed orange juice, and honey together to make the vinaigrette. Once mixed, set aside until time to dress the salad.
  2. The salad (as written) will make either 2 large entree salads, or 4 small side salads. To serve, divide chilled baby spinach leaves into serving bowls or onto plates. Evenly divide and arrange the strawberries, mandarin orange slices, blackberries, feta and pecans over the spinach.
  3. Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over each salad, then toss to combine ingredients, and serve! If you want to prepare the salad ahead of serving time, do not add vinaigrette. Keep salad covered and refrigerated. Right before serving, remove chilled salad from refrigerator, give salad dressing a stir and drizzle it on salad!

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Nanci’s 4-Bean Salad

I love Summertime… warm days of sunshine, BBQ’s on the back deck, enjoying the company of friends and family and the variety of wonderful foods we share when we get together… including Nanci’s 4-Bean Salad!Nanci's 4-Bean Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks! This DELICIOUS side salad takes less than 10 minutes to put together!
I received this recipe from a friend named Nanci that I was privileged to be in a Bible Study group with. She told me it was a GREAT salad, and thought we would enjoy it!  I jotted down the recipe (I think it said she had been handed down the recipe from her mother-in-law) and added it to the BIG box of recipes on my desk that I want to try.  I’ve been hanging on to her recipe for over a year now (shame on me), and FINALLY got around to making it.  Oh boy… am I glad I did! It is so very easy to make (in under 10 minutes), and the flavor is remarkable (even better than store-bought)!  It was so good (and PERFECT for summer picnics), I knew I wanted to share it on this blog!

Here’s how you make Nanci’s 4-Bean Salad:  Drain and rinse all beans. Place drained beans, green pepper and red onion in large mixing bowl.

Nanci's 4-Bean Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In small separate bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper together until sugar has dissolved. Pour over beans; stir gently to mix all ingredients together.

Nanci's 4-Bean Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Nanci's 4-Bean Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cover salad and refrigerate. The flavor of the salad is best developed when it has been refrigerated for at least 8 hours or overnight! Stir salad occasionally during the refrigeration process. Place the 4-Bean Salad into a nice serving bowl (big enough to hold 8 cups of salad), serve, and enjoy!

Nanci's 4-Bean Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Nanci's 4-Bean Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The salad itself takes less than 10 minutes to throw together. I recommend mixing it up either EARLY in the morning for a late dinner OR making salad in the evening for serving the next day.  Either way you choose to prepare it, I really think you will LOVE this delicious, flavor-filled simple bean salad!  Have a great day!

Nanci's 4-Bean Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: My friend, Nanci Peck

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This easy to prepare, quick and delicious 4-Bean Salad is perfect for family get-togethers, picnics, or potlucks!
As Prepared By:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 8 cups
Ingredients
For Salad:
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can yellow wax beans
  • 1 small green bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
For dressing:
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Drain and rinse all beans. Place drained beans, green pepper and red onion in large mixing bowl.
  2. In small separate bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper together until sugar has dissolved. Pour over beans; stir gently to mix all ingredients together.
  3. Cover salad and refrigerate. The flavor of this salad is best developed when it has been refrigerated for at least 8 hours or overnight! Stir salad occasionally during the refrigeration process. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
*Cans of beans are standard size (15.5 ounces)
*Prep time shown does not indicate refrigeration time (8 hours or overnight is best for flavors to saturate!)

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Pecan Chewies

Looking for a new recipe for bar cookies? How about trying this one for Pecan Chewies? They are buttery, chewy, simple to make, taste delicious, and the recipe makes two dozen… in hardly any time at all!Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make two dozen of these EASY, delicious, chewy, buttery bar cookies in no time at all!
I found this recipe on Pinterest (thanks to Stacey at Southern Bite) and decided to make a batch, using some of the Texas pecans my Mom orders for us each year.  These Pecan Chewies are just that… a little bit chewy, not overly sweet, wonderfully buttery and delicious! They’re also incredibly easy to make! Here’s how to whip up 2 dozen in no time at all:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Spray a 13×9 inch cake pan with some non-stick baking spray before beginning.  Melt butter, and add it to a large bowl. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, and mix it well by hand (no mixer needed!).  Add the beaten eggs, then the flour. Stir the dough really well, until all ingredients are incorporated into batter and no lumps remain.  Next… add in the chopped pecans and vanilla. Stir well, then evenly spread dough into prepared 13×9 inch baking pan.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake at 300 degrees F for between 40 and 50 minutes (oven temps vary).  Make sure to NOT over bake the bar cookies.  I checked mine at the 40 minute mark and they were done!  When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let the Pecan Chewies cool.  Once they are at room temperature, cut into 24 portions.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it! See how simple they were to make with only about 10 minutes work?  The bars all came out of the baking pan very easily, as well.  And they REALLY are good!  See those yummy chopped pecan pieces in them? YUM.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Look… I even saved you one. Want a bite? I love that these bars are not overly sweet.  I “might” have even had one with my morning coffee this morning… heh heh heh! I think you will really enjoy these chewy bar cookies, and there’s certainly enough to share!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It’s always fun to try new recipes and I love it when I find a really GOOD one, like this! Speaking of good bar cookie recipes, you might want to check out my recipes for Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, Blackberry Pie Bars, Lemon Bars or my decadent and Best Brownies. I think you will LOVE them all!

Have a wonderful day, and remember… be KIND to those you cross paths with today!  They may really need someone like YOU to encourage them!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://southernbite.com/pecan-chewies/

Pecan Chewies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 cubes) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark-I used dark)
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 2 cups self-rising flour (See NOTES for self-rising flour substitution)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a 13x9 inch cake pan (bottom and sides) with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Melt butter; add it to a large bowl. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; mix well, by hand (no mixer needed!). Add beaten eggs, then the flour. Stir dough really well, until all ingredients are incorporated into batter and no lumps remain. Next add in the chopped pecans and vanilla extract. Stir well, then evenly spread dough into prepared 13x9 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for about 40 to 50 minutes (oven temps vary). Make sure NOT to over bake. I checked mine at the 40 minute mark and they were done! When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let the Pecan Chewies cool. Once at room temperature, cut into 24 portions. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
If you do not have self-rising flour you can substitute 2 C all-purpose flour + 3 tsp. baking powder+1 tsp. salt.

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P.F. Chang’s Spicy Green Beans (copycat)

Looking for a tasty new way to serve those yummy summer green beans you get from the grocery store, Farmer’s Market or your own garden?  How about this delicious, quick and easy recipe for P.F. Chang’s Spicy Green Beans (copycat)?P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I’ve grown my own green beans for years now, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to cook and serve them.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.  I think you will be surprised how GOOD these green beans are… the addition of an Asian pan sauce makes them “practically perfect in every way” (to coin a phrase from Mary Poppins).  All in all the beans take only 5-6 minutes to cook… really!  The “hardest” thing you will have to do is snip the ends off the beans… ha ha!  Here’s how to make this delicious (restaurant copycat) side dish, from the comfort of your own home:

First make the Asian sauce by mixing ingredients in a small bowl. See how EASY that was? Now set the bowl aside until ready to use.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Put sesame oil into a large skillet or wok (you can buy sesame oil in the Asian food section of most supermarkets). Turn heat to medium high heat for 30 seconds.  To the hot oil add the chopped green onions, minced garlic, and the red pepper flakes. Stir well and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly and being careful NOT to burn the garlic.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add the green beans to the skillet. Stir constantly and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they are just about fully cooked. The beans will turn a deeper green color as they cook.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When beans are done, move them over to one side of the skillet. Give the Asian sauce a good stir and add it to the skillet. Stir well, and cook the sauce for 30 seconds (still on medium-high heat); let the sauce come to a boil, then turn the heat to LOW. The sauce will thicken slightly.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Stir the sauce into the green beans to coat.  Cook beans and sauce for another 30 seconds, then remove skillet from heat.

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place the hot green beans and sauce onto serving plate or in a bowl, and garnish with sesame seeds (if using). Serve the green beans while hot… and ENJOY!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We enjoyed trying this recipe for fresh green beans. They are NOT too spicy at all, and have fantastic flavor!  I used only 1 pound of green beans, so if you are using 2 pounds of beans the quantity will be much larger than shown in my photos!  Hope you will consider trying this recipe… and I trust you will find it just as delicious as we did! Have a great day!

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://domesticsuperhero.com/copycat-pf-changs-spicy-green-beans/

P.F. Chang's Spicy Green Beans
 
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Fresh green beans are cooked in a flavor-filled Asian sauce in this delicious P.F. Chang's copycat recipe!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
For Beans:
  • 1-2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed and beans cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 green onions, chopped thin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
For Asian Sauce:
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • Sesame Seeds, for garnish (optional)
Directions
  1. Make the Asian sauce by mixing ingredients in a small bowl. Set the bowl aside until ready to use.
  2. Put sesame oil into a large skillet or wok. Turn heat to medium high for 30 seconds. To the hot oil add chopped green onions, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Stir well and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly and being careful NOT to burn the garlic.
  3. Add the green beans to the skillet. Stir constantly and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they are just about fully cooked. The beans will turn a deeper green color as they cook. When beans are done, move them over to one side of the skillet. Give the Asian sauce a good stir and add it to the skillet. Stir well, and cook the sauce for 30 seconds (still on medium-high heat); let the sauce come to a boil, then turn the heat to LOW. The sauce will thicken slightly. Stir the sauce into the green beans to coat. Cook beans and sauce for another 30 seconds, then remove skillet from heat.
  4. Place the hot green beans and sauce onto serving plate or in a bowl, and garnish with sesame seeds (if using). Serve the green beans while hot... and ENJOY!

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